Ferrari world's 'most powerful' brand, but Apple reigns as most valuable

Ferrari: world's "most powerful brand"
Ferrari: world's "most powerful brand"

Ferrari has roared into first place as the world's most powerful brand, but it is no match for the brand worth of Apple, which has been named as the most valuable in the Brand Finance Global 500.

Brand Finance said Ferrari scored highly on a variety of measures on the brand strength index, from desirability to loyalty, consumer sentiment, visual identity, online presence and employee satisfaction.

Ferrari is one of 11 brands to be awarded a AAA+ brand rating, alongside Google, Hermes, Coca-Cola, Disney, Rolex, F1 and Red Bull among others.

However, Brand Finance acknowledged that because Ferrari is a luxury brand with a capped production, it came in at number 350 in terms of brand value.

Apple, though only achieving a AAA brand rating, remains the most valuable brand, valued at $104.68bn. It is closely followed by Samsung, Google and Microsoft.

Brand Finance claims Apple’s dominance is being challenged by the South Korean Samsung, which has improved its reputation for reliability, a faster pace of innovation and a wider range of devices.

In the UK, BT’s brand value is up 70% and TUI Travel has been named the most valuable travel brand worldwide. 

David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, said: "Apple has a powerful brand, however what sets it apart is its ability to monetize that brand.

"For example, though tablets were in use before the iPad it was the application of the Apple brand to the concept that captured the public imagination and allowed it to take off as a commercial reality."

Rank 2014 Rank 2013 Brand Country Brand Value 2014 (USD bn) Brand Rating 2014 Brand Value Change (USD bn) Brand Value Change (%) Brand Value 2013 (USD bn) Brand Rating 2013
1 1 Apple US 104.68 AAA 17.38 20% 87.30 AAA
2 2 Samsung South Korea 78.75 AAA 19.98 34% 58.77 AAA
3 3 Google US 68.62 AAA+ 16.49 32% 52.13 AAA+
4 4 Microsoft US 62.78 AAA 17.25 38% 45.53 AAA-
5 10 Verizon US 53.47 AAA- 22.74 74% 30.73 AA+
6 7 General Electric US 52.53 AA+ 15.37 41% 37.16 AA
7 11 AT&T US 45.41 AA 15.00 49% 30.41 AA+
8 8 Amazon US 45.15 AAA- 8.36 23% 36.79 AAA-
9 5 Walmart US 44.78 AA+ 2.48 6% 42.30 AA+
10 6 IBM US 41.51 AA+ 3.79 10% 37.72 AA+
11 15 Toyota Japan 34.90 AAA- 8.92 34% 25.98 AA+
12 9 Coca Cola US 33.72 AAA+ -0.48 -1% 34.20 AAA+
13 20 China Mobile Hong Kong 31.84 AA+ 8.55 37% 23.30 AA
14 n/a T Germany 30.61 AA 9.06 42% 21.54 AA+
15 14 Wells Fargo US 30.24 AAA- 4.20 16% 26.04 AA+
16 13 Vodafone UK 29.61 AAA- 2.60 10% 27.01 AAA
17 21 BMW Germany 28.96 AAA 5.73 25% 23.24 AAA
18 12 Shell Netherlands 28.57 AA+ -1.18 -4% 29.75 AAA-
19 17 Volkswagen Germany 27.06 AAA- 3.40 14% 23.67 AAA-
20 22 HSBC UK 26.87 AAA 4.01 18% 22.86 AAA-

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